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FLORA FUN AT CHANEL- COUTURE SS15 REVIEW

I am not a big color person. I wear a lot of black and I make no apologies for it. But the Chanel Spring 2015 Couture collection may have changed my mind.

The SUITS:

Chanel’s suits were simple and unfussy, by offering a no- nonsense way of life to the Couture crowd. The suit as the staple piece was a fresh reminder for the audience that sometimes less is more. Karl offered every type of skirt suit silhouette, from A-line to pencil to above the knee-giving each lady who lunches endless options. Personally I loved the array of colors the suits were offered in, because it connected to the soft evening dresses with whimsical flowers jumping off the fabrics. From mint to pink to canary yellow, Karl kept it simple and clean to prevent the collection from resembling a Crayola box.

Karl is always one to keep his looks modern, offering some crop top variations (however, if you’re not comfortable with that, I’d suggest to put a tank underneath and leave the jacket open). The opening orange suit looked soft and comfy-who knew couture suits could be today’s new relaxed wear? Okay, Karl probably knew.

NOTABLE LOOKS: 

Although I always believe black can never be boring, it certainly wasn’t this season. Lots of translucent, peek-a-boo fabrics kept the looks dynamic, rather than swallowing the models. The beginning gowns and dresses looked as if the models were standing in a large garden in which the foliage had started to grow on the looks (imagine how breathtaking it would be if they all stood together). I really, really liked the later looks, specifically a gray jacket with futuristic, geometric flowers-was Karl talking about genetically modified flora?

THE DRESSES: Karl is never so straight-forward, therefore this collection was a bit of a shock for me-but in a good way. The collection Flowers embellished on pockets resembled girls carrying full bouquets. I know the pink dress with a column of embellishment will be all over the red carpet-it’s can flatter a variety of figures and it’s metallic edge is quite attention-grabbing.

THE ACCESSORIES: 

Hats: The wide-brimmed hats wrapped in black tulle rounded out the looks and reminded us of a forgotten age. Whether Karl was referencing 1899 or 2099, I thought it was a hit and brought a softness to the suits without sacrificing the whole look (brave move Chanel).

Masks: I loved the lace fabric covering the eyes that adds a sense of mystery. Karl’s done masks like that in past seasons, but I really like it this time since it ties well in with the abundance of fabric.

Beanies, gloves, and boots: The beanies seemed a little distracting, and more 2001 rather than 2015. The patent toes on the shoes were a fun accent, and I really liked the fact that the shoes were functional and flat, but I could’ve done without the square toes.

Continuing the translucent fabric to the gloves connected them to the lightness of the looks. Karl loves adding gloves to his designs for Chanel. To prevent himself from looking repetitive, he gave them a fresh update by adding the flowers in a fun way.

 

 

 

1970’s Style is Making a Comeback

Get excited- the 70’s is back! The music was great, the look was even greater. But how does this apply to 2015 you may ask? Think comfy casual that can easily be updated from day to night. I’d say the Chloe PreFall 2015 collection perfectly emulates the era.

Also, let this be your background music while you read.

Icons to Google: Farrah Fawcett, Cher, Jerry Hall, Bianca Jagger, Jane Birkin, Marissa Berenson, Debbie Harry, Pam Grier

Bell Bottoms:

1970s: The bigger the better.

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NOW:  Keep the impact but instead with a bold print. For day, think pastels or flowery prints, while for night, dare to shimmer with metallic silver or gold pants.

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Dresses and Jumpsuits:

1970s:  Halter-tops and one-shouldered gowns galore!

NOW: Cutouts and skin-baring looks may not be as appropriate for the workplace, so throw a sharp blazer on top to update the look to keep it from looking too casual. This year, hemlines will become longer as well.

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Tops:

1970s: Bright flowing tops in a kaleidoscope of prints.

NOW: Continuing with the loose-fit trend, shop for butterfly tops, tunics, and blouson shirts. Keep the colors neutral not to scream 1970s.

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Shoes:

1970s: Platforms on platforms! The 70’s took footwear to new heights. Think patent leather, prints, and even whimsical elements.

NOW: For evening, stacked heels and also flats will be even more popular than before. Which is a plus considering they’re much more comfy!

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Hair:

Then: long, flowy, natural, voluminous afros

Now: No need to update. Gisele-esque waves are always the way to go. The hairstyles are relevant and easy to do!

 

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Go Farrah Go!

Makeup: Dewey shimmer was all the rage. Lots of eyeshadow and also lip color that’s harkens back to Studio 54 (FYI it was a hotspot of 70’s celebs and artists).

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Now: I wouldn’t advise to use blush as a highlighter, but instead keep your look interesting by focusing on one element. Instead of a bold lip AND eyeshadow AND cheeks, choose one and stick with it!

 

Not Just Ear and Eye Candy: Where are the Female EDM DJ’s?

Whenever I watch EDM music festivals, girls are everywhere. They take up just as much time on camera as the headlining DJ. I also hear a fair amount of them too-with angelic vocals being looped over and over a DJ’s newest hit (Ellie Goulding anyone?).  We see them, we hear them, so why aren’t they given the chance to actually make anything?

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EDM lately has been a boys club of sorts and whether or not that’s incidental, it still needs to be addressed. Many female artists have used EDM as either a basis for their newest CD or employed a DJ or two. But it’s a rarity to see a girl either playing much less headlining a major festival (like Sensation, Electric Daisy Carnival, Ultra Music Festival, Tomorrowland etc.) these days.

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Don’t get me wrong, breaking into any industry-whether a guy or girl-is no easy feat. However, the internet has changed today’s EDM scene from its 1990’s predecessors. Outlets such as SoundCloud lets anyone-not just DJ’s signed to a label-get their music out to the public. Also, there’s no age minimum for being an EDM DJ, (i.e. Porter Robinson and Martin Garrix who catapulted to the music charts in their mid-teens) which shows you simply need the software and the skills of course.

So I’m a bit puzzled why no major female DJ has yet to take center stage. It’s not that female singers don’t use EDM-like beats in their songs. I’d argue that artists like Lady Gaga and Rihanna helped revitalize the genre  for crowds beyond the rave scene.  I was surprised and elated when EDM suddenly became more mainstream that it has been in the past. No more did EDM lovers have to hide in the shadows.

Here’s an article describing the 10 Top Female EDM DJ’s.

Another article discussing a female-only DJ lineup festival.

Artists such as David Guetta Calvin Harris, Avicii, Hardwell, Zedd, Knife Party, Swedish House Mafia, Deadmau5, Michael Woods, Tiesto, Martin Garrix, Steve Aoki, Benny Benassi etc. have produced for big name female singers, and their songs have resided at the top of the charts for weeks on end. They often use lesser-known female vocals on top of their tracks too.

Why is this an issue you may ask? Because whoever controls the charts also controls the money. Singers on songs don’t make a lot of money. Writers do and producers make even more. So by restricting women to just the vocals in EDM, then they’re not getting jack squat (but kudos to Ellie for writing “I Need Your Love” with Calvin Harris-a smart, smart move).

In order to make an impact, girls can’t just sing or appeal in videos. For you future female producing hit makers, now is your time. You’ve got an awesome formula (internet + personal drive + a potential audience) to create a masterpiece.

Nervo has pretty good collabs with other EDM artists, but sadly hasn’t been a mainstay.

Moving forward, I’d encourage not just the top names, but also listeners to be more open-minded. Don’t just restrict the girls to being on-camera or the side-kicks to a few hits and then leave them by the wayside. Motivate your EDM-loving girlfriends to actually pursue their hobby, rather than sitting on your shoulders at festivals. And once they do, don’t forget to send some free tickets my way ;)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Shoppin’ Discoveries: The Exclusive Taste

As I battled the crowded corridors of First Colony Mall a bright, almost luminous, store window stopped me in my tracks.  After navigating my way around a circus of strollers and shoppers toting enough bags that I wondered how they didn’t collapse I was finally there. Friendly smiles paired with  streetwear is something you don’t often see in today’s stores, and one that sets The Exclusive Taste a part.

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An impressive wall of shoes-plastic wrapped no less. About $500 a pop.

An amicable guy suited in their unofficial uniform-think a bold sweatshirt, snapback hat, and acid wash denim jeans-approached me and asked if I needed any help.  As I was taking pics for WMTM, he didn’t hesitate to tell me how The Exclusive Taste differed from other urban wear shops. These clothes are for the fearless-so fearless that I don’t think you could be a wallflower even if you tried. Think baggy sweatshirts with tongue-in-cheek pictures of Bill Clinton, “Dope” in gold lettering, and crew necks with look-at-me prints. Not ready for such a bold statement? Try layering a black leather jacket (always a good go-to) to keep your look pulled together.

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“Dope” Shirt with gold lettering.

 

Carrying an impressive span of brands from across the globe, from Australia to Htown, The Exclusive Taste aspires to bring the city up to speed. What made me stop in my tracks was the fabric-they stated how the quality justified the price-as their track pants were softer than some dresses that I own.

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So soft Zanerobe pants. Almost like a blanket.

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But girls, never fear because although the shop focused mostly on guys, the clothes aren’t just for the dudes. If you’re looking for something to relax in during those Netflix marathons, I suggest picking up a pair of Zanerobe pants.

Somewhat pricey for their younger demographic, The Exclusive Taste could definitely be a place to pick up a Christmas gift or two to ‘treat yo self.

Music Matters: Tkay Maidza

So finals are over (AT LAST) and that means I finally have time to pour over the stacks (on stacks on stacks) of magazines that I love. And also buy more (yeah I know it’s a problem). So after picking up the Dec./Jan. issue of Nylon Mag, I checked out their “Radar” section and saw an interview with Australian rapper dubbed Tkay MaidzaYes there are other rappers in Australia, but Tkay’s nothing like what’s hit the states before and something that the US charts desperately needs. Described as a mix between “EDM, electro-pop, and rap” (basically a musical unicorn) she definitely didn’t disappoint. Case in point: U-Huh.

-“U-Huh” by Tkay Maidza-So infectious. I’ll be playing this into the new year.

As a film major, for myself the vids are just as important as the tracks. Her music isn’t so bubblegum pink pop that it makes you want to do synchronized boy band dances, but also not so austere that you start questioning life itself. Think dancing with black balloons in abandoned warehouses, but also with bright 80’s-esque backgrounds that still makes you feel good. Also, the video centered JUST around Tkay, showing how this heavyweight can and will be able to hold her own (no background dancers necessary). And that’s no easy feat.

– Also, you should check out her interview. So adorbs.